Because of You

 Shortlisted - CBCA Children's Book of the Year Awards

Shortlisted - Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

Shortlisted - Queensland Literary Awards

Top 100 Great Reads by Australian Women - Readings

Librarians' Choice - Book of the Month

Meet Tiny and Nola. Two very different girls with two very different stories who are just trying to find a place to belong. A powerful and compelling novel about friendship, love and acceptance.

Everyone has a story.

Tiny is an eighteen-year-old girl living on the streets in Sydney, running from her small-town past. At a temporary homeless shelter, she meets Nola, a high school student on volunteer placement. Both girls share their love of words through the Hope Lane writing group. Can they share their secrets, too?

Told through the eyes of both Tiny and Nola as they negotiate their way through homelessness, shifting friendships, betrayals, addiction and a little bit of romance, Because of You explores the vastly different coming-of-age stories of two girls who are learning to find their individual strengths.

  • This story speaks for those who are voiceless, its message one of empathy and hope. I loved it.
    — Kirsty Eagar, author Summer Skin
  • Because of You is a hopeful story about human resilience and the life-changing power of discovering your best friend
    — Books + Publishing
  • A powerful coming-of-age story filled with beautiful and heartbreaking moments. Pip Harry’s exploration of teen homelessness, mental health, self-acceptance and friendship left me covered in goosebumps and fighting back tears.
    — Gabrielle Tozer, award-winning author of Remind Me How This Ends